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Iraq: rehabilitation of primary health care centres and water treatment plant

11-12-2006 News Release

Since the beginning of this year, the ICRC has completed a series of rehabilitation works in water stations and health facilities all over Iraq.

 The following was issued as a press release by the ICRC delegation in Baghdad  

These activities are carried out within the context of the ICRC's mandate, as an independent neutral humanitarian organization, to help mitigate the impact of conflict on the daily life of civilians.

Last week, the ICRC completed the rehabilitation of the water supply and sanitation services of 21 primary health care centres (PHCC) in Salah Al-Din, Kerbala, and Diwaniyah Governorates. These PHCCs provide some 3,650 patients with care every day.

In addition, the ICRC completed on 29 November the rehabilitation of Al-Fahama compact unit, which provides potable water to more than 5,000 inhabitants north of Baghdad.

" The lack of maintenance of health and water infrastructures in Iraq continues to be a major obstacle to the provision of adequate services to the population, " says Javier Cordoba, the ICRC water and habitat coordinator for Iraq. " ICRC rehabilitation projects focus on responding to emergency needs and help prevent further deterioration of the infrastructure, "  he added.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Nada Doumani, ICRC Baghdad, tel: +962 777399614 or +964 7901916927